Finishing a fingerboard?

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by KazPed, Apr 3, 2009.

  1. KazPed

    KazPed TDPRI Member

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    Can someone tell me how to 'finish/treat whatever you do to a fingerboard. i have lacquered the neck with clear satin, but i dont know what to the finger board? its rosewood
     
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    Rosewood doesn't really need to be "finished". In fact some finishes will go gummy and sticky on rosewood. Treating it will lemon oil once in a while to keep it from drying out is about all you ever have to do.
     
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    it doesnt seem to play and feel the same as my other guitars tho when i play it? i cant really describe it.
     
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    Rosewood boards feel a lot different from maple (and other) boards. You might just have to get used to it.
     
  5. KevinB

    KevinB Doctor of Teleocity

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    Rosewood does have a different "feel" to it. It has more "tooth" to it than finished maple. It should have been sanded down very fine before it was fretted, and it almost takes on a "polished" feel over time from playing wear. As John says, lemon oil, or just plain mineral oil, rubbed in then polished off (you only need do this once or twice a year) stops it from drying out.
     
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    all my guitars are rosewood neck. ill try some lemon or mineral oil see what it does. i suppose it feels more 'dry' then my other guitars. its bizzarre!
     
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    mudbean Friend of Leo's

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    Exactly. Lacquered maple fretboards are usually kind of shiny & slick.

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